I got a jury summons in the mail; what is the next step?
Please take the time to thoroughly read the summons. It contains a great deal of information that may be helpful to you. Once you have read it, please fill out the questionnaire that was included to the fullest extent possible and mail it back to the court using the enclosed envelope as soon as possible.
How long does jury duty last?
In Butler County Court, jurors are selected for a 2-week term of service. You may be called to serve at any time during that term. You may also be called more than once during your term. It is also possible that your services will not be needed at all during your term.
Do I need to call in every day?
Yes. Your Summons for Petit Jury Service notifies you of the 2-week period that you have been summoned for. During your 2-week jury term, you are required to call (513-887-3550) daily after 3:30 (you are calling the night before, for the following day).You only appear the following day if your juror number (top right corner of summons) is announced on the automated system.
You can also check your juror status using the Butler County Clerk’s website; http://butlercountyclerk.org/jury_information/index.php, by clicking on the “Juror Number Search” tab and entering the master juror number (top left corner of summon).
Will I be excused for vacations, medical issues, etc?
All requests to be excused must be put in writing and include your name, juror ID number and any documentation. You may be excused for previously scheduled vacation times or other dates due to medical appointments. Please be specific as to dates for appointments and vacation so that we can ensure an excusal for the needed dates - you may still be required to serve during your 2-week term. The court attempts to grant excused absences for any previously scheduled medical appointments or other medical emergencies.
The court attempts to notify all excused jurors by phone, but you should contact the court if your jury term is approaching and have not yet been notified.
Court Administration 513-785-6550
What should I do if I have an unexpected event come up after my paperwork was returned and need additional excused days?
Please put the information in writing and if possible include any documentation, juror number and dates for excusal.
You can send the information to through fax to Court Administration at 513-785-5719.
What if I have moved out of the county or state?
Please fill out the questionnaire and include your new address. You may write on the back of the questionnaire that you have moved, and then mail it back to the court using the enclosed envelope. The court must have this information in writing. If you move out of the county in the middle of your term, the court also needs that information in writing and faxed to 513-785-5719, or mailed to Jury Duty 315 High St 3RD FL, Hamilton OH 45011.
What should I do if I have received a jury summons for a deceased family member?
We apologize for any undue hardship this has caused. Please mark the summons "Deceased" and Return in envelope provided.
What should I do if I have received a jury summons for a previous resident of my home?
Please treat the summons as you would any other piece of mail that does not belong to you. Mark the outside "Return to Sender.”
What if a family member is away at college or in the military and they have received a summons for jury duty?
They will be excused from jury duty. Please attach a note to the summons explaining the situation and return it.
What should I wear if called for service?
Please wear comfortable clothing that also reflects the seriousness of your responsibility. Business-casual attire is encouraged. Shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, shirts with suggestive language or logos, and hats are all considered to be inappropriate attire for the courtroom. The temperatures from the jury room and the courtroom may vary, so you may bring a sweater or jacket with you.
Can I volunteer for jury service or send someone in my place if I am unable to serve?
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. State law requires that all prospective jurors be selected at random using the source listed.
Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
Yes. Your jury summons is an official court order. If anyone fails to report for jury duty without a lawful excuse from the court, they may be brought before the court for contempt of court proceedings.
Without jurors, the jury system cannot work the way the Constitution intended it to. We realize the sacrifice we are asking you to make and understand that you may be apprehensive about serving. However, the majority of people say they find the experience rewarding and wouldn't mind doing it again.
What if my employer requires me to turn in a statement that verifies my attendance at jury duty?
The clerk's office has notices which indicate that you have been selected for service and they are available to you the day you check in.
Where do I park?
There is a parking garage locate behind the Government Service Building on Court St. Upon checking in the following morning, the clerks’ staff will give you a parking voucher.
Will my family be able to contact me at the courthouse in the event of an emergency?
Yes. The Court Administration office phone number is (513) 785-6550. If you are in trial, we will get a message to you through the bailiff in the courtroom in the event of an emergency only.
What happens when I report for jury duty?
When you arrive, there will be signs directing you to where you need to be. The clerk’s office will be assisting to check jurors in, hand out work notices and parking vouchers. Shortly after your arrival, the bailiff will bring you up to the courtroom. Please note that you will be entering a secured area where you will be required to pass through security checkpoints, including metal detectors. Therefore, please leave all unnecessary personal items at home or in your vehicle.
What happens during jury selection on the trial date?
There is no guarantee that you will be seated on a jury the following morning. The court has the responsibility to examine jurors under oath or affirmation as to the individual juror's qualifications to serve. The judge will ask all jurors questions and will permit both the plaintiff and defense council to ask questions of the jurors. Jurors may ask questions of the judge or either party regarding their responsibilities as juror. At this time you can voice any care, concerns or issues that you feel prevent you from serving on a jury.
The court and opposing parties seek a jury who will be impartial and have open minds. Your honest answer to each question is extremely important. The court and opposing parties will select jurors who will hear the case. No prospective juror shall fail to answer any legal and pertinent question posed to the prospective juror by the court.
If any question is asked that you would prefer not to answer in front of the entire jury pool, you may ask the court to answer privately on the record.
Why hasn't anyone called to let me know that I have been excused from jury duty?
The court attempts to notify all excused jurors. We understand that unforeseen circumstance prevent us from ensuring our messages make it to you (no voicemail, voicemail full, wrong number or etc.), but please feel free to contact the court if you have requested to be excused and have not yet been notified. Butler County Common Pleas Court Administration 513-887-3956.